This was the first weekend in several for which I did not have a trip planned. That’s not wholly true. Initially, this weekend was supposed to be Oktoberfest, but then the first iteration of those plans fell through. It wasn’t until the second iteration had also evaporated that I was sure I’d be going to Frankfurt instead of Munich; this past weekend was both the first public day of the Internationale Automobil Ausstellung as well as the tapping of the keg in München. I ended up choosing the latter, though I’ve been thinking about it today and am not fully sure how I arrived at that decision.
Regardless, I was told that it would be an extremely busy event. Planning “accordingly,” I decided to leave Stuttgart around 6 AM, arriving in Frankfurt around 8AM, leaving some time to park my car / get to the exhibition hall / wait in line before the doors opened at 9 AM. By the time I walked in the doors of the Frankfurt Messe at 8:32 AM, the people density was already higher than I had seen it at any point during the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show)… I wasn’t shocked, but I was still taken aback by how many people there were.
I had also anticipated that the show would be in the same fashion as the NAIAS or the Chicago Auto Show or even ConExpo: displays, pretty models posing as car gurus, and lots of people in between said displays and me. Continue reading “Das Auto”